Irish Paganism yIs about establishing the character and his secret or probably one of themA story with style This book starts out promisingly enough A mutilated body is discovered on the slopes of a ski resort in the Italian Alps and there are some interesting descriptions of the landscape and the people who live thereHowever things go rapidly downhill with the arrival of the investigating policeman Rocco Schiavone is a corrupt short tempered womanising bully In fact he is such an all round over the top badass that the only way to view him is as a comic parody However that effect is spoilt by an italicised section at the end of each chapter which attempts to give an insight into his mind and make him sympathetic Not only does this signify that the author is unsure which type of novel he is writing but Shiavone wallows in so much self pity any extra sympathy from the reader is superfluousThere is some strange diversion from the main plot midway through concerning a hijacked truck bound for Turin Once that is done with the central plot seems almost forgotten and uite frankly I d lost interest in who killed the man at the ski resort or whyThe only good thing I can say about this novel is that it s mercifully short so I didn t waste too much time reading it I certainly won t be wasting any time on this author s work Book review Black Run by Antonio ManziniThe Italian word forellow is giallo Giallo also refers to a particular kind of novel the crime novel Why are these books called giallo gialli in the plural Because in 1929 the publisher Mondadori issued a number of them in a cheap paperback edition with a Kojiki yellow coverThe genre has lost none of its steam and the Montalbano stories set in Sicily written by Andrea Cammileri have become a publishing phenomenon exceeded only by the phenomenon of the TV series The episodes are freuently aired opposite the soccer and beats the soccer in the ratings Cammileri age 90 is still going strong writing and smoking 4 packs a day In Italy he s a God When was the last time a writer left the house and got mobbed in public If Cammileri has an heir it would be Antonio Manzini a student at the University of Rome in the 80 s when Camilleri was in residence teaching theatre and Italian literature Manzini started out as an actor made the switch to directing and then another switch to writer and his first book Pista Nera Black Run published in 2006 was a best seller Here I want to talk about the Manzini books and the person of the cop viceuestore chief detective Rocco Schiavone Rocco and Montalbano share one thing in common a gift for solving homicide cases Take any city in the world and if the police department can claim a homicide clearance rate of 50% they are superstars But Montalbano and Rocco solve all their cases and boast a clearance rate of 100%Montalbano is a Columbo type not a fumbler but something of a softie who is very good at gainingour trust and the gradual coughing up of information For any cop information is the key Rocco has a different style He s a city guy the city is Rome and to call him hard boiled is like calling Hitler mean Rocco s method is to begin politely enough but the exchange uickly degenerates into a discussion of The Ultimate EU Test Book Administrators 2020 your sister and how she makes her living followed by a uick blow to the nose drawing bloodRocco is smart creative and violent Also funny and relentless in pursuit of the one thing that truly gets the juices flowing to putour low life ass behind bars Rocco was married but his wife is dead murdered in a drive by Rocco was the target but the bullets found his wife instead The event changed him He was a hard case before his wifes death then became harder There are two sides to Rocco He leads
a double life He is a viceuestore who dabbles in a bit of armed robbery double life He is a viceuestore who dabbles in a bit of armed robbery the side He grew up in Rome in the Trastevere district and growing up along with him were Sebastiano Furio Brizio It was "a gang that did what gangs do to " gang that did what gangs do to jobs and break a few heads At some point maturity beckoned and they were obliged to find jobs Rocco became a cop But they remained friends virtually brothers and to mend their criminal ways was a thought they never got around to thinking The money is important because even a viceuestore makes peanuts and Rocco is a sport the elegant type who prefers not to deprive himself He has a cool pad wears wears the 900 euro suit the 400 euro shoes eats the 90 euro meal Its called overheadPista Nera Black Run is the first in the series of five gialli by Manzini featuring Rocco and his stalwart gangster crew The setting is Aosta in the north way north Rocco has always lived and worked in Rome he despises cold weather the snow that goes with it and any kind of snow related activity But he s in exile Something happened in Rome that is never made clear The prevailing gossip points to a woman the wife of a judge In Italian they say per toccare una donna che non doveva toccare to touch a woman Comprendre et grer les conflits dans les entreprises et les organisations you shouldn t be touchingBut either way here he is in Aosta freezing his coglioni and doing his best to accommodate himself to the locals and their provincial ways I wont get into the plot a bizarre murder that reuires a master detective to unravel but leave it forou to read on Islamic Dynasties A Chronological and Genealogical Handbook Islamic Surveys your own Meanwhile here are 2 scenes to establish the toneOmar Borghetti is a ski instructor in Aosta and possible murder suspect Rocco has invited him to drop in at the uestura for a chat But Omar never shows and Rocco is obliged to track him down playing cards in a bar The following exchange occursOmar I heardou were looking for me WhyRocco Because I m in love with ouOmar being cute Is this about a parking ticketRocco Faccia di merda You think they send a viceuestore to collect finesOmar You talk tough behind that uniformRocco I m not wearing the uniform I m wearing a
900 Euro SuitFrom Here Things euro suitFrom here things further until Rocco to precisely clarify the situation delivers one of his patented blows to the bridge of the nose to break the nose and now there is blood Omar is staggered and a bit frightened Rocco produces a handkerchief for the blood and the interview proceeds Rocco returns to the office but first stops off at the lab to visit with Fumagalli the pathologist to test the handkerchief for DNAI loved that scene Heres anotherRocco in a bar having a coffee while listening in on a conversation between two women at the next table They are mid fifties speaking of a man one of the woman has recently met and her friend says he is hot he loves ou and very important he has money And Jane and Julio you know what my mother used to sayNo what did she used to sayShe used to say whenour breasts no longer point at the stars but at our feet its time to start buying expensive shoesAny uestions A foul mouthed disrespectful cynical corrupt policeman exiled to a small alpine town in Italy Rocco Schiavone gradually becomes a complex sympathetic character The writing is fluid the description vivid the situations unusual and interesting. Erò ha talento Mette un tassello dietro l'altro nell'enigma dell'inchiesta collocandovi vite e caratteri delle persone come fossero frammenti di un puzzle Non è un brav'uomo ma non si può non parteggiare per lui forse per la sua vigorosa antipatia verso i luoghi comuni che ci circondano forse perché è l'unico baluardo contro il male peggiore la morte per mano omicida in natura la morte non ha colpe o forse per ualche altro motivo che chiude in fondo al cuor.
Ridicule Those Who Serve Underneaththose who serve underneath if he finds them lacking He is a definite ladies man but at the same time comes off as a misogynist he is also prone to using violence or threats as a means of putting fear into people He scoffs at the people of Val D Aosta as they seem to be beneath him somehow and uite frankly he s crooked Everything gets compared to Rome where he d previously worked before he was sent seemingly into exile where he is right now The story of what happened in Rome has to wait until later in the story but when it comes out it does sort of give ou an idea of why he became what I called an asshat in my reading status updates However he is very very good at what he does even if Je mourrai pas gibier you don t agree with his methods orou don t think that s how cops ought to work By the end of the book I actually felt kind of sorry for the guy In coming to understand him something popped out at me right as the book was about to end where the author describes him as someone who was struggling to leave behind the ugliest things he d lived through Who was trying to forget the evil committed and the evil received The blood the screams the dead who presented themselves behind his eyelids every time he shut his eyes He often finds himself in a swamp which was always there where the boundary between good and evil between right and wrong no longer exists And there are no nuances in the swamp Either Il est temps d'agir (IC.ESSAIS) you plunge in headfirst orou stay out There is no middle groundWhile the mystery itself is kind of run of the mill as far as the bigger picture goes as Camilleri states the focus is all on the characters As he also notes Manzini doesn t hesitate to draw attention to problems in Italian society which I ll leave the reader to discover The bottom line to me is that while it is definitely tough to warm up to Schiavone until ou see where he s coming from I m drawn way to character than to plot so Black Run is most definitely in my wheelhouse Personally I think that readers who ve given low ratings to this novel are looking for a thriller sort of thing that they didn t get and that perhaps they ve sort of misunderstood Manzini s emphasis on his main character Oh well I thought it was a fine debut series novel and I will definitely be waiting for the next one Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiaovne has some shtick His tongue wags uickly and he says what most people think but wouldn t have the gall to say He has a dark past is happy to do some illegal moonlighting if money is involved and loves women There is a crime in this story but I think it. Ne Miccichè È un catanese di famiglia di imprenditori vinicoli venuto tra le cime e i ghiacciai ad aprire una lussuosa attività turistica insieme alla moglie Luisa Pec un'intelligente bellezza del luogo che spicca tra le tante che stuzzicano i facili appetiti del viceuestore Davanti al uale si aprono tre piste la vendetta di mafia i debiti il delitto passionale uello di Schiavone è stato un trasferimento punitivo È un poliziotto corrotto ama la bella vita ,
What an outstanding detective novel It s a real page turner not because of any excitement in the plot there is very little action per se but because it is beautifully crafted There is almost no extraneous information everything in the book is there for a reason and adds to our understanding The protagonist who is the focus of virtually every page is a rather imperfect but extremely intelligent detective We really get to know him as this novel unfolds It s very well written for its genre not chock full of clich s though a few of the minor characters are familiar types for police novels It s full of very fun collouial Italian Is there a better language for swearing than Italian I doubt it All in all a really fun read and I ll be sure to look for novels by Antonio Manzini 25 stars rounded up because of the bucolic location in the Italian Alps Comparisons to Camillieri s Inspector Montalbano character are a real stretch and not just because Deputy Chief Rocco Schiavone is Italian not Sicilian He s just not a good guy The novel opens with a snow cat driver accidentally driving over a body on a backwoods shortcut Schiavone is called to the scene not dressed for the weather The victim is the husband of a very attractive owner of a restaurantbar in the Aosta area and it is a basic small town mystery but for the nefarious activities of Schiavone On the cover of my copy it says Diamond hard crime writing Financial Times I say that the Financial Times doesn t know much about writing than it does about the political situation in Spain for which I give it low marks I would describe the writing as a cheap plastic imitation of a diamondOur hero Schiavone is a womanizer he s rude he insults his own officers he himself engages in criminal activities Being vulgar doesn t make one hard boiled it makes one vulgar Manzini tried all the tricks available to make Schiavone hard boiled but as far as I m concerned he failed I want my detectives to have some moral fiber and I want to like them I like detectives Maigret Montalbano Morse Spade and even on the right day Poirot who is poached I didn t like Schiavone I literally had to force myself to read the first half of this book for so many reasons For one a main character who comes across as a very hostile angry and hateful person with no conscience and every time he opens his mouth is to insult degrade and cut down someone in a worse way possible such as the way he insults one of subordinates about his weight missing teeth the way his hair looks etc He looks at each female he comes across as someone he can have his way with to satisfy his physical needs not as human being to relate on an emotional level This is a law enforcement officer who has no respect for law to the point of keeping a stash at his drawer and smoking pot at work during business hours It is not beneath him turning in half of the drugs he confiscates to the authorities and keeping the other half to sell it illegally to pocket the money He bullies people to intimidate and to make them do what he wants them to do even breaking the law such as making the postmaster delivering the murder victim s mail to him and resorts to violence if he doesn t like what someone says It seems it is the all the rage portraying troubled and emotionally immature characters in cop shows on TV today However these characters have some redeemable relatable and likeable character traits unlike Rocco the main character in this book While the first half of the book doesn t have much of a story line or character development in the second part of the book the story picks up speed the suspense builds up the murder mystery starts unfolding and one starts seeing some kindness and feelings in Rocco Overall the writing style of the book is so uniue descriptive and pleasure the read Obviously the author of this book is so talented Never the less the characters in a book need to be relatable and
likeable on someon some however flawed they may be in order to sell books The first part of the book is no than two stars and the last part is four Since I liked the last part written exceptionally well I may give another try to this series before I make up my mind Novel set in Champoluc Italian Alps The police can be La Muette your friend orour worst nightmare Introducing deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone recently transferred under duress to Val
d Aosta from Rome His natural habitat is not the sprawling land massAosta from Rome His natural habitat is not the sprawling land mass the Alps in the month of February covered in deep freezing snow he is a townie born and bred He has history He also has a curmudgeonly and bullying manner He has an eye for the ladies He seems to be a bit of misogynist In other words it s a struggle to warm to him Like many other fictional police officers he too has a uirk when he meets people he sums them up in his head and allocates them an euivalent often rare in the animal world For example Alfonso Lorisaz is not filed away in his mind simply as a rodent no he is a rodent from the suborder Sciuromorpha specifically a Castor Fiber the Eurasian beaver I guess the usual proclivities like eating cooking origami and drinking treble espressos have already been bagged by other European detectivesOne evening as the snowcats or piste bashers prepare the slopes for another day of skiing driver Amedeo is minding his own business as he ploughs back and forth across the pistes joint in hand earbuds blasting music He is ordered to take a lane down from the Crest and as he motors down he crunches over something that turns out to be a body the snowcat having ground it up with its tillers and splattered corpse components across the snow It is the body of Leone Miccich with the remains of a red cloth wedged down his throat The unfortunate victim may hale from Sicily but Schiavone decides this is clearly not a Mafia killing the Mafia either leave the body somewhere really evident or they hide it completely so it can never be found and they often insert a male body part into the mouth not a piece of cloth he muses This is therefore not the work of the Mafia and he concludes he is looking for a local he s clever like thatThis is Rocco Schiavone s investigation The people of the close knit communities in the Alps are another species nothing like the good and not so good folk of Rome Everyone is seemingly related to everyone else And it is his job to establish the motive and the perpetrator He is a ball buster he intimidates and gets his own way He is not averse to breaking the law himself and is only too willing to team up with his old mate Sebastiano who has a tip off to intercept a lorry smuggling drugs from Rotterdam to Turin They work out the percentage they can cream off This is a side story somewhat relevant to the overall plotEarly on Omar Borghetti head of the ski school is in the frame as the primary suspect He is an old and seemingly persistent lover of Miccich s wife Luisa Pec and Schiavone soon discovers that they regularly still. Semisepolto in mezzo a una pista sciistica sopra Champoluc in Val d'Aosta viene rinvenuto un cadavere Sul corpo è passato un cingolato in uso per spianare la neve smembrandolo e rendendolo irriconoscibile Poche tracce lì intorno per il viceuestore Rocco Schiavone da poco trasferito ad Aosta briciole di tabacco lembi di indumenti resti organici di varia pezzatura e un macabro segno che non si è trattato di un incidente ma di un delitto La vittima si chiama Leo.